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$800,000 to assist disadvantaged job seekers in South Australia

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THE HON KATE ELLIS MP Minister for Employment Participation Member for Adelaide

THE HON NICK CHAMPION MP Member for Wakefield


4 April 2012

$800,000 to assist disadvantaged job seekers in South Australia

Federal Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion today announced new funding for four high-performing South Australian employment service organisations, on behalf of Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis.

These organisations have been selected to run projects that trial new and innovative approaches which will help long term unemployed or disadvantaged job seekers return to work.

Ms Ellis said that around 400 disadvantaged jobseekers in South Australia would take part in the Job Services Australia Demonstration Pilot program, which will see the four organisations each receive about $200,000 in new funding.

"By funding employment services that are already achieving strong results to trial new and innovative approaches to getting people into work - other services from around the country will be able to learn from their experience,” Ms Ellis said.

"Like Service to Youth Council, the Australian Government knows that having a decent job is about so much more than collecting a weekly pay check.”

"By connecting unemployed Australians with a support network of community and service providers we can ensure a sustainable relationship with the world of work rather than just a job that only lasts for the short term."

Mr Champion visited the site of one of the trial projects—Youth Services— in Elizabeth.

Youth Services is a branch of the Service to Youth Council Incorporated (SYC), and the project will work with community partners including the City of Playford and Northern Areas Community and Youth Services.

The SYC project will focus on job seekers under 25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; offering extra assistance to help job seekers overcome the barriers they face to gaining employment or further education.

The three other South Australian organisations selected to run demonstration pilots for disadvantaged job seekers include:

 ASK Employment and Training Services (Salisbury site)  Jobs Statewide Incorporated (Woodville site) and  Salvation Army Employment Plus (Whyalla and Port Augusta sites).

Federal Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion, said that he was proud that a key organisation in his local community had been recognised with this new funding.

"Our Government has committed new funding of $4.7 million to 20 of the best performing employment services across the country to run these pilot programs,” Mr Champion says.

“It shows just how strong our employment services system is here in South Australia, with four local organisations being chosen.”

“In my electorate there are too many people who are doing it tough and have been struggling to find work over a long period of time. It’s great to hear that there will be new and innovative programs available to help them get back into the workforce.”

These pilots, in conjunction with the Australian Government’s Building Australia’s Future Workforce package, will strengthen employment services across Australia and maximise the employment outcomes in areas of identified disadvantage.

For further information on the Job Services Australia Demonstration Pilots program: aspx

Minister’s Media Adviser: Jamila Rizvi 0438 644 603